December 4, 2013 Subject:
Fantastic anthology series!
These are great shows!! As each show is unique, & written by different writers, some obviously are better than others. Few will disappoint!
To address questions & comments below:
1. I don't know why my Android wouldn't play these files either, BUT I figured out how to get them to play on my android device. Download the files to your device, then go to the free online file converter and convert them to mp3 files. Not sure what format the files are currently, but this does the trick! Here's the URL:
a. Click on 'CHOOSE' by the first box. Then browse to the file that you downloaded.
1.On android devices you must go to your storage card first. It will be named
or something similar.
2. Then you need to find the folder with the file you want to convert. 'It will most likely be in a folder named "downloads" or possibly "music". The file will be named
b. Clicking on the file, will load it onto the web page. I like to lower the bitrate, to make the file smaller. These files are low fidelity, 16 bps shows no loss in quality.
c. Go a little furthet down the page and click on the "convert" button.
d. When the file has been converted, you'll get a message asking how you want to download the file, just like when you downloaded the file from archive.org. Just respond as you did at archive.org to download the file.
You will now get a playable file that will be in the same place as the original file you first downloaded.
UPDATE: MX Player ( Available in a free version At Google Play, Android Market and others, will play these files. My original media app for my old android 2.3.4 version would not play these files.
2. I went to Counter Productions website also. While I didn't find any files to download, (I didn't look real hard) I didn't have any problems and it seemed like a legitimate website to me. no promises though...
3. Someone asked for other similar programs. Arch Obeler's Lights Out, The Inner Sanctum, The Creaking Door, The Weird Circle, and Suspense come to mind.
It's of a different genre, but I have to plug one of my very favorites, Elliott Lewis in The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen.
I hope this can be of value to someone!
January 6, 2013 Subject:
I just love this series! It has some really great stories and acting. Cant seem to get the shows to work on my android device. Samsung galaxy s3. Does anyone have a workaround?
Just to give a heads up, I tried going to the www.counterproductionstheatre.com web site just to check things out. Listed in the review prior to mine. My virus software (Avast) warned me of a Trojan. Just a friendly warning.
February 7, 2011 Subject:
X Minus 1 in the Theatre review
I had posted here about two years ago about my theatre company doing some staged productions of X Minus One stories. I just want to tell ya all, it was the greatest experience I have had as an artist so far. It was a complete blast. We do plan to give this another try at some time. I'll probably stop by and let ya know. Again, I'm not trying to advertise here, take it down if it comes across that way. But I do want to leave my theatre's website address, come check out the pictures from:
A Logic Named Joe
It was awesome!
September 2, 2010 Subject:
Gene Roddenberry Was Right!
Ok, there must of been millions of us that were living decades ago that noticed the very high accelerated rate of America's technology increasing. I bet most of us believed the Jetsons (cartoon) were going to be reality for most of us, no doubt we had that Americans and other countries would mostly be transported by flying-cars and/or beaming our body particulars from spaceships.
No, we failed to take into account that the rapid rate of increase in electronics, science and technology in general would greatly slowdown from the concept of earth building moon and mars bases as we fought militarily battles in space when dozens of space-aliens as we made friends with other aliens from other planets (and they would all speak in ENGLISH!!).
No, what I mean is Gene was right a few decades ago when he endorsed an audio collection of 60 old science fiction radio shows that contained many of the old Dimension-X and X-1 radio shows. Gene described how he felt as a young growing boy listening to many of these exact same radio shows and how they made him feel in an era of the cold-war. I bet Gene shared the same opinion of all of these old Sci-Fi shows that he shared about the 60 select radio show collection he endorsed many decades ago.
The only new show I have heard that comes close to the quality of these old episodes is the post 2002 copyrighted radio show of remakes of most of the popular Twilight Zone series. But today's radio shows, when they rarely are produced, seem to never match the quality of old shows such as X-1. I suppose the last really good radio show that many would describe as Science Fiction would be the 1970's CBS Mystery Theater. Like most fans of these radio shows I would love to see a serious high budget Sci Fi radio/mp3 podcast etc shows to be once again made -(need good acting and digital sound loops can tend to over polish such an audio show, and the pay-off of the hard work done in these shows is really obvious).
Can anyone advise other audio series such as the cbs mystery theater and the post 2002 remade for radio Twilight Zone series that might be out there? They simply do not make the quality of entertainment these radio shows pull off, and it's really a shame actors now have to worry more about their wait, breast size, hairline etc. instead of keeping their minds on performing good for an audience that may be around over a hundred years.
I hope limits on copyrights can be placed on newer radio shows so that after 50, 60 years or more they fall into public domain. That is plenty of time to make a profit and yet not force poor people into copyright violation by the simple action of copying a radio show older than they may be. I feel copyrights were never attended to preserve profits forever, they should have a limit and become public domain as many older creative arts were done.
If you like Sci Fi, these radio shows are better than many old Sci Fi movies, and the sound effects work out better than most of the newer produced shows using digital samples!
August 8, 2010 Subject:
over and over again
I've listened to these for years. My CD's have become unreadable over the years and it's great to have access to these archives. This is great classic sci-fi and just great storytelling. Some of it's simple by today's standards but the production is good and the stories hold up. Many of today's audiobooks are to full of themselves and listening to one narrator can get boring. I could easily see home productions of newer short stories by talented armature writers, producers and actors.
April 17, 2010 Subject:
When Sci Fi was un complicated
Listening to these shows takes me back to my childhood when sci fi was a glimpse into the future No one told you that it was outside the limits of the laws of Physics ,Quantum or otherwise. It was just pure escapism. I can hear these shows over and over again and still get that buzz
September 14, 2009 Subject:
Golden Age of Sci-Fi
This show and Dimension X were both classic examples of good storylines and production. That is why I enjoy classic sci-fi so much. The plots are basic and engage in elemental phlisophical and social issues still relevant today.
My kids now enjoy listening to this show and revel in being able to stay up and listen to the downloads.
Reviewer:Mr Wednesday -
March 17, 2009 Subject:
These are brilliant. However if you've listened to Dimension X a good 50% of disk 1 of X Minus 1 is repeated episodes from that show.
February 8, 2009 Subject:
X Minus One Rules!
Thank you! This collection is a wonderful gift for those of us who love OTR sci-fi.
September 13, 2008 Subject:
Great Series,good sound e some really superb episodes like "tunell under the world".
Most of these are the beginnings of what would be some great stories. Very dated, actually kind of weak. The writers of some reputation are represented fairly well, yet most stories are just tired.
June 7, 2008 Subject:
Great Series for the Uninitiated
X minus 1 is a great sci-fi series with some really classic stories. They are not always Martian Ray Gun stories, but you will get a good dose of the retro sci-fi era, back in the good ole days when there was oxygen on Mars and Saturn was only a couple weeks travel away. The recording quality of almost all of these is excellent. If you are new to OTR, this is definitely one you want to check into.
May 1, 2008 Subject:
I'm not normally a sci-fi fan. I listen mostly to Gunsmoke, Frontier Gentleman, and various horror series. I gave this one a shot, listening to Cold Equation first (after reading about it in the comments), and I think I'm hooked. Very well done series.
May 1, 2008 Subject:
I live in Belgium and used to listen to "American forces network" radio when I was a kid (late 70's).They had a show called "midnight mysteries". Well it was a collection of old radio shows like "Johnny Dollar, The Whistler, ...
I recorded a few of these shows and listened to them for years until the taps were worn out.
Last year I accidentally discovered Archive.org and I love it.
X-Minus-1 has to be one of the best shows I've found here.
The stories are well written and acted. It doesn't matter that it's from the 50's.
Another great series is "Journey into Space".
February 13, 2008 Subject:
fav sci-fi OTR
I'm with you on Cold Equations for #1, TforThomas, that plot got to me. Absolute no-win scenario.
I'd put C-Chute #2 just cause I like that geeky guy's voice and how his hobby was handy sort of like Flight of the Phoenix.
He's good in Pictures don't lie too.
Reminds me of Les Nessman, WKRP. :)
Norman Rose is a killer narrator voice in Colony.
All of these are worth hearing. Don't bother picking, check 'em all out!
I've heard most about 6 times.
When will modern production pick up on what was great!?
When will sci-fi audio-shows make a comeback?
January 25, 2008 Subject:
If you're going to rate the episodes......
While I appreciate the ratings, if I were a potential listener, I wouldn't know how to take the them. What is the criteria for the episode being three stars, or however many? The potential listener doesn't know if you liked (or disliked) the show because of the plot, it being a rehash of similar but better shows, good or bad writing (or action, or sound effects). I personally think X Minus 1 is a great series because it generally has above average story lines with well crafted scripts, they're mostly believeable, even when far-fetched, the acting is above average, and because I like science fiction; but even as a fan of the series and being familiar with the episodes, you would better get my attention to re-listen to episodes by (instead of saying it gets 2 stars out of 5 or 5 stars out of 5) giving a one-line sentence (or less) capsule summary and saying "2 stars out of 5 because it's an old story line" or "the plot's not realistic even for science fiction", or "poor acting, no sense of emotion", or "a a slow plot that drags until an unexpected closing sequence and an in-your-face surprise ending."
minute with an unexpected . To simply say 2 out of 5 is like would be like saying Nolan Ryan is a better baseball player than Ted Williams, or that Norman Mailer is a better writer than Madam Curie was a scientist.
January 24, 2008 Subject:
X Minus 1
Rating these for my own re-listening convenience, thought I'd post these as a guide to any first-time listeners looking for a place to start.. Just my opinions though.
550825_ColdEquations [5 stars]
550901_Shanghaied [4 of 5 stars]
551103_HelloTomorrow.mp3 [3 of 5 stars]
551130_TheVitalFactor.mp3 [4 of 5 stars]
551221_MarionettesInc.mp3 [3 of 5 stars]
551228_ALogicNamedJoe.mp3 [4 of 5 stars]
560104_TheRoadsMustRoll.mp3 [4 of 5 stars]
560208_C-Chute.mp3 [5 stars, Isaac Asimov]
560307_AGunForDinosaur.mp3 [5 stars]
560314_TunnelUnderTheWorld.mp3 [5 stars]
December 18, 2007 Subject:
I found X Minus One when I was a child when it was played on saturday nights on a local radio program called Golden Age of Radio Theatre. I was thrilled to find these here and that they were all available. This show really is top notch, and the writing and acting is great. This is a classic and I'm glad that it is available here for all to fall in love with it, as I did.
July 28, 2007 Subject:
MP3 bit-rate note
Edit: Removed note about shows being in 32Kbps rather than 64Kbps--Looks like only the very first episode is encoded at 32Kbps.
August 2, 2006 Subject:
Everything old is new again
We think of our situation in the world as a unique artifact of time and place, but here we can see this just is not so. The current state of media is 90% of it is pewp on ice and the remaining 10% ranges from watchable to jaw dropingly good.
It was the same for radio. Much of it was soap operas, rehashed crime drama (CSI:1950 anyone?) and various serialized branded shows that where commericials with cute characters.
In the 10% there was DimX and X-1. Just look at the talent that was being used as story crafters. It is a testiment to their great works that even having been rewritten for the radio the stories still shined.
Some of the incidental music in these series can sound corny as all get out to our ears, but even that cant diminish the shows.
The lasting mark these shows have had over the decades can be seen not only in the traditional SF world but also in homages such as Commander Hoek and Cadet Stimpy.
All in all these two series are Must Listen Radio (tm) for any and all OTR lovers.
I haven't heard many of these since the 1970's, when a CBC program, "As It Happens" broadcast many different examples of OTR...it's strange to hear 1987 considered to be the future....
Much thanks to the person who posted these!
February 24, 2006 Subject:
Thank you X Minus 1 Fairy!
I'm not entirely clear who dumped these file here, but thank you! There can not ever be enough OTR on the net. God, I love anachronism!
I have almost the entire run of "Quiet, Please...," an OTR spook-fest far superior to X Minus 1 - if I hear from people, I'll try to dump it on the archive. sungreenleaves verizon net
February 15, 2006 Subject:
It is more than a notch above your normal OTR sci-fi. Such stuff is often cops n robbers or cowboys n indians in space. But this is genuine thought provoking sci-fi. You'll find Clifford D Simak, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinelein and others here. Don't fill your ipod with GBytes of songs from iTunes... this is much more interesting.
All I need now is some DimensionX.
December 1, 2005 Subject:
Thank you for making this available
This is such a great radio series, and the sound quality is top-notch. This is essential listening for any sci-fi fan and OTR fan alike. I hope that more high quality OTR is on the way (Pat Novak perhaps?)